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Some tips for having a safe and fun Halloween!

Be safe, be respectful, and have fun!

Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States and is often celebrated with friends and by participating in festive activities. Dressing up in costume is a traditional event associated with Halloween and can be a great opportunity to showcase your creativity and sense of humor. However, it is important for us all to realize how poor decisions in our costume choice can also be very damaging to our UGA community. Costume choices that perpetuate negative stereotypes of different cultures not only hurts those identifying with that culture, but also the experience of every student at UGA.  Our actions every day affect how welcoming and inclusive UGA becomes, and Halloween is no different.  We encourage you to challenge yourself and your friends to find ways that your creativity can lead to an amazing Halloween costume that doesn't negatively portray others' identity. 

Here are some other tips for making sure your Halloween is a safe and enjoyable one!
  • Make good decisions in regards to your consumption of alcohol (if you choose to drink). Remember that the legal drinking age in Georgia is 21.
  • Go out in groups and be sure that you do not walk alone at night. Always have a buddy!
  • Stay in well-lit areas and where there are lots of people. 
  • Charge your cell phone before going out so that you have a full battery in case of emergencies. 
  • Always call 911 if there is an urgent emergency.

ISL wishes you all a safe and enjoyable Halloween!


Justin Jeffery
Director - International Student Life

We encourage you to check out the pictures below from a student led initiative at Ohio University. These posters are a powerful reminder of how some costume choices can be hurtful to fellow students.

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